Cheesy Sausage Pizza Muffins

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I’m a pizza fiend, but those slices of cheesy deliciousness destroy any dreams I have of keeping my calories in check for the day. I simply can’t stop myself from taking that second – sometimes third - slice.

Sausage Pizza Muffins

For whatever reason, I can enjoy just two of these gooey sausage filled muffins and feel like I’ve totally indulged myself, yet the calorie count is virtually the same.

It’s all a mind game, isn’t it?

single slice of sausage pizza contains approximately 330 calories, and two of my pizza muffins contain 300 calories. No real difference there, yet I’m much happier. I realize it doesn’t make sense, but it works for me!

Pizza Muffins Ready for the Oven

And how easy is this pizza recipe!

Sauté a chopped onion with a little garlic, add fresh tomatoes and pizza-like herbs, then spicy chunks of pre-cooked turkey kielbasa. Buy pizza dough from your local grocery store or pizza joint and press it into your muffin tins, fill them with your savory pizza mixture and top the whole thing with stringy mozzarella cheese.

Pizza heaven in a muffin.

Sausage Pizza Muffins

Pizza lovers unite and join me in my  crazy obsession! You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy your weekend!

Cheese and Sausage Pizza Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large pizza dough, rolled out into a 12" circle
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large roma tomato, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oregano, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper
  • 1 cup turkey kielbasa, chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a non-stick muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a small skillet over medium high heat with oil. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, then add garlic. Saute another 2 - 3 minutes and remove from heat. Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, and pepper to the pan with turkey sausage.
  3. Cut dough into small 3" - 4" circles and press into muffin tins. Dough will tend to shrink into wells so lightly press up the sides, then quickly fill with tomato and sausage mixture. Top with cheese.
  4. Bake 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and dough is lightly browned. Oven times may vary.
Notes
Calories per muffin: 142
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 4
Total Fat: 4.84g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 275mg
Total Carbs: 18.01g
Dietary Fiber: 2.51g
Sugars: 0.73g
Protein: 5.63g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 muffins

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh wow this is a very creative way to make a pizza, and much easier and a muffin no less. This is great and now I am going to have to try this. I am also a pizza fiend. Wonderful Kristi!

    • says

      These were fun to make too. Our local Top Foods and Trader Joes sell pre-made whole wheat pizza dough, so it makes these pretty easy to pull together.

  2. says

    I love this idea and it does make sense to me. I can eat one 100 calorie pack of cookies and be satisfied. But if you told me to only take 2 cookies out of the big box, I’d never make it. Portion control is part psychology, I guess. Your psychology here looks really delicious!

    • says

      Good point and very true. I’m not a cookie fan, but I love chips. If I buy them by the small bag I’m fine, but if I open a big bag? I’m done for!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh these are wonderful!! Hubby and I do snack dinners on the weekend. Your muffin pizzas are perfect, I know he’s gonna love them :) Added them to my recipe box.

    Have a great week Kristi

  4. EA-The Spicy RD says

    So much psychology involved in what we eat…I say, if two sausage pizza muffins satisfy you more than one slice of pizza, go for it! I know my kids would absolutely love these {me too!}

  5. Baker Street says

    I love the idea of mini pizza muffins. You can totally go ahead with your choice of toppings and control your portion too! Great recipe. :)

  6. says

    It’s interesting how our minds play tricks on us when it comes to food, isn’t it? Love the idea of making pizza muffins – great way to get the flavor I crave, and having it in a different form means I’m not automatically expecting to eat my (usual) 3 pieces! Great idea – thanks.

  7. says

    Oh! I love the idea of pizza in a muffin cup…especially the size…great way to control the portion!
    Thanks for this awesome recipe and hope you have a great week ahead Kristi :)

  8. says

    Yeah..but could I eat just one?! <—- That's the comment I Would get from clients! And I would answer them by saying, yes, eat one, maybe 2, and before you eat them put the rest in the freezer to have another time!

    Yum. :)

  9. says

    I love the photo of the filling spilling out of the muffin–and I think this is a great trade-off for the pizza. Same flavors, but much healthier.

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